#WearOrange kicks off Gun Violence Awareness Month

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — If you see people wearing orange ribbons Thursday, it’s to commemorate National Gun Violence Awareness day.

Also, buildings across the nation will turn orange today including the Empire State Building, the City Center Fountain in Carmel and the IPL Building on Monument Circle.

All of them serve as a reminder that June is Gun Violence Awareness Month.

The “Wear Orange” campaign was inspired by Chicago teens who refused to be silent in the face of daily gun violence.

According to Eskanazi Health, more than 18,000 Americans die from violent injury. 85 percent of them are because of gun violence.

The numbers are staggering even here in Indianapolis.

In 2015 the city saw 122 murders that were a result of gun violence. Doctor Thomas Hayward a Trauma Surgeon at Eskonazi Health sees this violence firsthand.

“Have seen enough tragedy to fill several lifetimes of things that have made it part my career,” said Hayward. “Every doctor and nurse at Eskanazi has made it part of their career to try to stop on going tragedies and motor vehicle crashes and gun violence are the big reasons we come to work and try to prevent violence and injury in this country.”

Monument Circle will have a #WearOrange Lemonade Stand and Photo Booth starting at 10 a.m. Thursday. Some IMPD officers will be wearing an orange ribbon for the day.

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